Tourists in Maya Bay – level 2
Maya Bay in Thailand was in the media in 1999 when Hollywood arrived there to film ‘The Beach’. One of the film’s actors was Leonardo DiCaprio.
Due to the movie, tourists started coming to the beach there. As many as 4,000 visitors used to arrive on boats every day.
Since there were so many tourists, the natural life was ruined. To protect the beach, people closed it now for four months. When it reopens by the end of September, only 2,000 visitors a day will be allowed to the beach.
A scientist said that he and the other scientists made a mistake – they thought that the money from the movie was very important, but now they see that they must protect the beach.
An actress from the film said that people are obsessed with fame and celebrity. They do not come to the beach because it is beautiful but because of the film. She said that Thailand is amazing and there are many beautiful beaches.
Difficult words: arrive (come), used to (it happened normally every day in the past), obsessed (people think about fame and celebrity too much).
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